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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Hardcover – Sep 12 1964


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 50 Rei Anv edition (Sept. 12 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394810112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394810119
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public--well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can't help but buy two Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights--even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can't compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate. (Ages 9 to 12)

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I responded to it because it respected the fact that children can be adults Tim Burton --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 10 1997
Format: Hardcover
I hate this book SOOOO much. I was seven when I read it for the first time. It scarred me to irrevocable fear and forced its malicious, acrid depiction of the murder of four innocent children down my vulnerable throat. Many have argued with me and have said that the children didn't die. However, I argue intensely. First of all, Willy Wonka is a liar and anything that expels from his horrid monstrous mouth can be regarded only for the sake of malevolence and remain at that. Second of all, even if they didn't die, they most certainly lost their sanity - for who would not if one was nearly drowned and sucked up a pipe only to be despensed in a boiler, turned into a blueberry only to be mocked and rolled by evil little creatures, forced to fall down an opening into a garbage disposal to be burned in a nightmarish furnace, or shrunken beyond recognition by harmful rays of light? This book has caused horrible nightmares to haunt me and every movement I make for the past nine years. I have not even tasted a blueberry or anything blue colored since for fear I will suffer the same fate as the characters. I hate this book and movie with all the hatred I could possibly hate anything with. Do yourself a favor and read The Neverending Story - a wonderful fantasy allegory that holds the children reading it with respect and save you and your children's sanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 11 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was young and was disturbed by it. It is not a kid's book. It is a book by an adult ABOUT children, not FOR children.
This book paints a very negative picture of children. With the exception of the main character, all of the children are bad and are punished in cruel ways for their faults. Are most children fundementally bad and deserving terrible punishment, at the moment they least expect it? This book suggests it (especially to a child who might be reading it and cannot understand what "social commentary" is yet). This book fits right in with the Omen and Rosemary's Baby. It is a child-exploitation story.
I recommend this book to adults who do not like children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have seen a lot of people talk of this book since the movie came out... I love this book an I have read this book many times still I was 12 years old and it teaches a lot of things including tips on parenting... This is one of those books that children should read often because it is not only a fun book but it does make you think... Event though children don't see this they will learn from this book after a while... Its like the litle prince... children see the magic first then as they read again later in their lives they see that this book has many layers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 6 2001
Format: Paperback
What is the probability of you getting one of five golden tickets in the world? Not very big. That is exactly what Charlie thought. But, every time he bought the one and only 'Wonka Bar' he felt a feeling that he was going to win. He never gave up, that is what made him a winner.
I am a lot like Charlie in some ways. Charlie never gave up until he knew that there was no possible chance of him wining, just like me. I liked this book, because I can relate to most characters, and recommended it to people of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 12 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is for ADULTS THAT DO NOT LIKE KIDS. All the kids are bad besides Charlie Bucket, and for some odd reason all the adults besides the Buckets are fat. All the kids get punished because they do something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes, and there are bad words in the book that should not be used. So that is why I rate this book with one star, and if I could rate it lower I would.
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Format: Paperback
Instant classic this Roald Dahl story is. Indeed, this novel details how the little pauper Charlie Bucket wins a contest to visit the chocolate factory of the reclusive Mr.Willy Wonka. Alongside four other children and their parent, Charlie, with his grandfather, uncovers a world of sweets and danger that will test each of the boys and girls in their group. A story that also continues in the sequel, Charlie and the Glass Elevator, in which Charlie's family has a more serious involvement in.

Through this story, Roald Dahl displays to us different rotten behaviors children can exhibit. Gluttony, insolence, greed, and a craving for violence. Attitudes that parents are in general responsible for various reasons, either out of irresponsible parenting or by displaying such actions to their children. Which the author condemns through the Oompa-Loompas excellent songs as the factory's inventive machines and candies reveal the true nature of those who succumb to their temptations which I think even adults would want to eat for themselves if they were in that company.

Alongside Quentin Blake's awesome illustrations, the fantastical imagination of Roald Dahl becomes complete and turns into a world that is unlike what most children literature promotes. A story where the bad guys are not adults, but children. A moralistic classic that gave the author hostile reactions, including one vicious criticism from Ursula K LeGuin who accused him of making her daughter mean through this book she adored to reread. Fortunately, praises have overturned the majority of negative criticisms; geniuses like J K Rowling herself have promoted it as an important read for all children while the magnificent Tim Burton did a wonderful adaptation.
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